Church Relations and Community Engagement
Center for Servant Leadership
To trace the roots of the work of the Center one would find themselves at the very founding of the College. Rooted in a Christian perspective, we embrace the biblical mandate from Jesus that true leadership expresses itself in service to others (Luke 22:24-27), and affirm the classical ideal of a liberating education, an education that frees one to serve God and humanity to the best of one’s ability.
The definition of community at Gustavus has always been broadly understood to include both internal as well as external relationships. One key aspect of the Center’s work is to nurture and grow those relationships, and to invite mutual engagement of the College with its many church and community partners. Vocation and service are not merely elements of an academic exercise; they make up one’s identity and are lived out with outreach in a specific context and involve specific relationships...